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Columbia River Correctional Institution

[Pending re-certification]


Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) is a minimum-custody facility in northeast Portland that houses nearly 600 inmates who are within four years of release. It provides a range of correctional services and programs that include alcohol and drug treatment, pre-release and transitional services, adult education, and work opportunities. CRCI opened in September 1990.

Since the opening of CRCI, the maintenance shop and all its different departments have worked together to keep it a green facility.


Gold Certification


  • Sorting compost, recyclables, and garbage from the institution.
  • Sorting metals, wood, and soda bottles to be recycled (revenue funds repairs to yard equipment).
  • Recycling cards for St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch, who then sells the cards to the public.
  • Donating used shoes to NIKE, which recycles the shoes into a material called NIKE grind. This material is used to make high-quality sports surfaces for turf fields, tracks, and courts.
  • Potato chip bags are sent to TerraCycle for re-use or recycling (revenue is donated to Make-a-Wish Oregon).
  • Compost organic waste.


  • Adding flush valves to decrease water usage in toilets.
  • Adding flow restrictors to showers to lower water usage.
  • Replacing 16 urinals with water-free, hygienic urinals.


  • Replacing old bulbs with LED bulbs to save on energy costs.


  • Re-using plastic buckets and barrels from kitchen and laundry for planters.
  • Re-using old military tent for the institution greenhouse.
  • Using solar fans for a ventilation system.
  • Implementing a water-saving mist spray system for the greenhouse.
  • Planting marigold borders for slug control instead of using pesticides.
  • Supplementing the CRCI kitchen menu with fresh produce and donating a portion of the harvest to the Oregon Food Bank.


CRCI Green team

9111 NE Sunderland Ave Portland, OR 97211

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